Regional : Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign Project | 54392-001

The TA will be aligned with the impact of economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated. The proposed outcome will be the implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs (i) national institutional mechanisms enhanced; (ii) working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened; (iii) SASEC Secretariat operationalized; and (iv) capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Sasradipoera, Kanya S.
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 54392-001
Country / Economy Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Myanmar
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6674-REG: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 900,000.00
TA 6674-REG: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 1.30 million
TA 6674-REG: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program (Supplementary)
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 200,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
TA 6674-REG: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

Transport / Multimodal logistics - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Some gender elements
Description The TA will be aligned with the impact of economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated. The proposed outcome will be the implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs (i) national institutional mechanisms enhanced; (ii) working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened; (iii) SASEC Secretariat operationalized; and (iv) capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

For the past 19 years, the SASEC program operated on an institution-light and projects-heavy format. The SASEC program's mechanisms for facilitation, coordination, and monitoring, as well as the platforms for discussions among the member countries, consist of (ii) SASEC Nodal Officials, who meet at least annually to review and provide strategic direction and guidance for cooperation under SASEC; (iii) working groups and subcommittee, which meet at least once a year to review strategic priorities and project-based progress; and (iv) SASEC Secretariat which is based at the ADB headquarters and assisted by regional cooperation specialists and focal points based in the resident missions. The SASEC FMs met once to endorse the SASEC Vision.

This served the program well as the countries enjoyed the flexibility to proceed on their own pace. However, with the SASEC program facing more intensified and increasing new demands and the pursuit of the SASEC Vision's goals through the Updated OP and APSI, the strengthening of its institutional mechanisms is necessary. The enhancements in the existing institutional mechanisms and arrangements aim to ensure that the SASEC Vision provides a coherent and strategic direction for the SASEC program, and that the SASEC OP and APSI set the frameworks, guidelines, and priorities for more deliberate planning and accelerated implementation of regional cooperation projects.

Impact

Economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated

Progress Toward Outcome A minor change in TA scope and implementation arrangements was approved on 28 May 2021 to support a study on data analytics that would help in assessing SASEC logistics movement. The study is in line with the objectives of the draft Action Plan of SASEC Initiatives (APSI) 2021-2023, and would benefit SASEC's work in the priority SASEC corridors. Using appropriate data analytic tools, the study would aim to systematically capture, analyze and understand the origin, destination, and specific movement patterns of cross-border trade logistics among the region where the priority SASEC Corridors are planned.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Regional and national institutional mechanisms enhanced

Working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened.

SASEC Secretariat established and operationalized in the subregion

Capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA supported the recruitment of web expert, web content manager, web content editor, and GIS expert. The experts will help upgrade and update the SASEC website as a dynamic information portal for projects, activities, and initiatives, leading to enhanced external and internal visibility of the SASEC program. The TA supported the recruitment of a tourism expert who will help to come up with an action plan for the SASEC subregion that will showcase and demonstrate the benefits to be gained by the member countries from such initiative. A firm was recruited to undertake the SASEC Data Analytics Study. The study aims to consolidate a comprehensive data collection and enable an analytical model or methodology that can be used to understand logistics movement across SASEC borders in an objective and quantitative way, based on data analytics.The TA supported the recruitment of resource persons who conducted a dissemination workshop for concerned officials from the Government of Bangladesh on the country and regional study on SPS-TBT. A regional cooperation specialist was hired to serve as a key focal point on regional economic cooperation in India, and will coordinate directly with all government agencies concerned and other stakeholders RCI projects and activities. A regional cooperation expert was engaged to support the preparation of reports, documents and other relevant materials for SASEC meetings (Working Group Meetings, Nodal Officials Meetings, and Finance Ministers Meeting), including the program's activities in transport and trade facilitation, energy and other initiatives (i.e. activities (i.e. highly facilitated trade corridors, India-Bangladesh railway study, food regulators forum, SASEC corridor 7, and BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement), as well as the SASEC Operational Plan. One Health experts on human health and animal health were recruited to support ADB's activities related to One Health in South Asia. This would involve, among others, the conduct of country and development partner consultations, and facilitate knowledge-sharing events on enhancing health security through regional cooperation. Several experts are planned to be recruited for the SASEC Secretariat to support the SASEC Program's initiatives on the following areas: Climate and Disaster Resilience, Maritime, Tourism, Transport and Logistics, Supply Value Chain, Energy, Inland Waterway, SPS-TBT, & Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation.
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 18 person months of international consultants and 32 person-months of national consultants
Procurement No procurement to be made
Responsible ADB Officer Sasradipoera, Kanya S.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Integration Unit, SARD (SARC)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Nov 2020
Fact Finding 04 Sep 2020 to 04 Sep 2020
MRM -
Approval 11 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 Dec 2022

TA 6674-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2020 - 11 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2023 10 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,200,000.00 22 Dec 2023 3,118,891.72

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Trade Facilitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation and Integration Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation and Integration Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Maritime Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Coordinating Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed
BBIN MVA Transport Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
SASEC Transport Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert (India) Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert (Maldives) Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert (Bhutan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert (Bangladesh) Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert (Nepal) Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert (Sri Lanka) Individual - Consulting Closed
TA Coordinator (One Health/RCI) Individual - Consulting Closed
Railway Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Infrastructure Finance and PPP Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade and Traffic Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Railway Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
SPS-TBT Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Tourism Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed
Lead Climate and Disaster Resilience Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate and Disaster Resilience Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Initiatives Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Maritime Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Supply and Value Chain Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
SPS-TBT Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Inland Waterway Transport Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Energy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport and Logistics Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Tourism Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Maritime Regulations Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Web Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed
Data Analytics for Assessing SASEC Logistics Movement Firm - Consulting Closed
Web Content Editor Individual - Consulting Closed
Supply Chain Mapping Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
SASEC Web Content Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
SASEC Web Administrator and Developer Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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